November 19th, 2017

Change is the only hero in the face of a tragedy. On November 5th, 2017, a mass shooting took 26 lives and injured 20 more at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The shooter, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, fled after the attack only to be found dead in his vehicle a while later. He had three gunshot wounds; one he inflicted on himself, the second and third from armed citizen Stephen Willeford who was nearby the scene of the crime.

Among the many lives lost were: the pastor’s daughter, Annabelle Pomeroy, who was only 14 years old, and her mother; the Holcombe family including their unborn child; Tara Elyse McNulty; Dennis Johnson and his wife Sara Johnson; Haley Krueger; Richard and Theresa Rodriguez; Robert and Shani Corrigan; Joann Ward; Brooke Ward and Emily Garza; Karen and Robert Scott Marshall; Peggy Lynn Warden; and Keith Allen Braden.

It is the belief of many that gun control laws in the  States need to change as the death toll from gun control increases dramatically each year. Solely in 2017, the US has experienced 54,021 gun-related incidents. The tragedy that occurred in Sutherland Springs marked the 307th mass shooting.

Although the right to own a gun is a constitutionally protected right, the Bill of Rights was written in a time of political uncertainty of war. The standards of American society have changed and the constitution should reflect this in order to bring peace and justice to a nation. In order to decrease gun violence, the right to bear arms should be the sole privilege of law enforcement officials. Throughout the years, there has only been an increase in the number of gun violence incidents. The loss of so many lives will be in vain if the gun violence continues. How many more lives need to be lost in order for change to occur?